Tours, 19 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 29 June to 16 September, the nominated artists for the Marcel Duchamp Prize will be displaying their works at the Château de Tours.
Since 2000, the ADIAF (Association for the International Diffusion of French art) chaired by Gilles Fuchs, has awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize to the most deserving artist during the annual event of the FIAC. After a careful selection, four artists are nominated and the winner is designated after the work’s presentation by each artist to the jury. The winner is awarded with an exhibition of their work in Espace 315 at the Centre Pompidou as well as a €35,000 award. Only open to artists living in France, this prize is considered the french equivalent of the Turner Prize.
Valérie Favre developed an intimate figurative painting weaved with dream-like visions and autobiographical passages which immerse the viewer in an enigmatic and complex universe. Her spokesperson will be Philippe Dagen, art historian and art critic. She is represented by the Jocelyn Wolf Gallery in Paris while her contemporaries Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel are represented by the Loevenbruck gallery, also in Paris. Oscillating between sculpture and ready-made, the works of these two artists integrate manufactured items with traditional artistic techniques, all the while using an astonishing quantity of materials. Their jury secretary is Charlotte Lambard, head of the Bordeaux CAPC. Bertrand Lamarche’s works, marked by kinetic as well as conceptual art, often take on the form of sculptures and installations where sound, light and movement play an essential role. Represented by the Jérôme Poggi Gallery, his jury secretary is philosopher Antonia Birbaum. Finally, Franck Scurti, trained by Daniel Buren and Pontus Hulten, presents an interesting work which borders pop art and conceptual art. He is currently represented by the Michel Rein Gallery, with the head of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, as his jury secretary.
The ADIAD utilizes this prestigious award in an effort to enlarge the visibility and recognition of the work of these contemporary artists and of French contemporary art in general.